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machinery tossed like toys. >> this was a significant storm. we have a number of businesses destroyed. >> reporter: here in norman south of oklahoma city, ray trum bell, his wife tammy and their two young children were watching tv when they saw the tornado and ran to their basement shelter. >> said it's coming this way. so we ran in the shelter. as we ran in the shelter i saw it crossing the neighbor's house over there. >> reporter: thirty seconds later they heard the tornado overhead. the force of the wind toppled the garage trapping them in the shelter. >> once we heard the wind slow down, we tried to push the door open and couldn't. >> reporter: in their haste they had forgotten to grab a cell phone to call for help. >> rolled it over on top of the storm shelter. right now they can't get out. >> reporter: neighbors and rescue crews used chainsaws and muscle to remove a mountain of splintered boards and debris piled on top of the shelter
door. the boys, ages six and eight, were scared. but the parents were stoic. >> we knew somebody would find us. >> one by one they were all rescued. >> come on, boy. >> reporter: even jersey the dog, safe and sound. >> thank you, everybody. yes, i'm okay. everybody is okay. >> reporter: a happy ending all around here. let me show you how they got out, peter. this the storm shelter they dodged. the garage came on top. they had, like you heard in the story, they came through with chainsaws. look at the opening they had to slither out an hour later. we're talking we're glad the family is in good shape, nice and thin. jersey the dog took a few stitches. he was at the vet overnight. he just did not want to get in the shelter and ray had to pull him in there at the last second. >> hopefully he's not
complaining now. i want to put up video we showed a second ago. i've never seen anything like this one. we've seep a lot of twisters. three separate dark funnel clouds around the internal tornado. what are those we're looking at. >> those are -- this is a multiple vortex tornado. you have the mother cell. pin wheeling around, small mesocyclones, vortexes. we've seen three in the video, north of kansas city near the line. you can see how they are pin wheeling around. sometimes these individual vortexes can cause damage. see that spinning around, that's debris. they dropped softball-sized hail in alfalfa county, later produced another. the first i've seen in history. >> striking shots. we're so glad for rescues in place. thanks so much. rescue crews in oklahoma again
searching through leveled homes and businesses. still trying to account for everyone. joining us on the phone to talk about the situation further, the public information officer with the oklahoma department of emergency management. thank you for speaking to us now. if you can give us a sense right now, what is your top concern and where are you focusing. >> good morning. thank you for the opportunity here. the number one thing today certainly is continuing to support our communities that are still in a response mode. at the same time we're working toward recovery and figuring out just what overall damages we have and just what we're going to noticed to help oklahomans get on their road to getting back to their predisaster situation. >> joining us by phone from oklahoma, thanks for checking with us. we appreciate it. we'll let you get back to the work ahead of you there. oklahoma family rescued from their storm cellar, escaped from the storm just in time.
watching the news, they realized it was headed for them. they dashed to the cellar with moments to spare. the twister dropped the family's garage on top of the cellar. luckily their neighbors showed up to rescue them once the storm passed. >> saw a norman landmark on the television and knew it was coming down highway 9, which was close to us. my husband looked out the window and said here it comes. it was really louded. it sounded like everyone says like a freight train coming over the top. the wind was incredible. then we heard a giant crash and figured something had collapsed, but we didn't know what it was at the time. >> can you imagine? you can see contessa brewer's entire interview, tammy and ray trumble coming up. bill karins joins us now. we've seen what caused these violent storms. i guess the question is, is there more on the way. >> it's only may. may is the peak month.
only 21 tornado deaths, all of last year we had 21. this hasn't been a high number count. the ones we had hit a lot of mobile homes, that's where a lot of deaths occur. the last 24 hours, all the red triangles from yesterday, pretty much covered all of central oklahoma up into southern kansas. of course oklahoma city is where one of the deadly ones did occur yesterday. here was the setup as we went through 8:00 last night. the jet stream is active, blowing dry air off the rockies. same time the gulf of mexico is open and bringing moisture to the north. those winds when they intersect like that cause the storms to spin. that's why we had the tornado outbreak yesterday. what does today look like? today we have a slight risk of severe weather. that's the area in yellow. yesterday at this time we had a high risk. we knew we were going to have a tornado outbreak. we do not expect one today. jet stream winds in the same, similar direction. we can see large hail and damaging wind in the areas of yellow, including oklahoma city again. we do not expect a tornado outbreak today, peter.
three or four days until the next chance of tornadoes. >> just enough time to clean up and wait for the next round. bill karins helping us out. bill, thank you. we're also keeping eyes on a developing situation. this one in massachusetts. police there are searching for an accused killer that escaped from the state hospital. jeremy price there to undergo a mental health evaluation. price is a black male, 5'10", weighs 200 pounds we're told. he's believed to be wearing dark-colored sweatshirt, light colored pants and sneakers. police warned he should be considered deadline. another headline, this for the beltway, republicans are challenging the lack of judicial experience of supreme court nominee elena kagan. solicitor general has never been a june b vice president joe biden defended the choice this morning on the "today" show. >> renquist was on the bench, powell, justice jackson, justice
marshall, et cetera. so i'm not quite sure what the deal is. this is an incredibly qualified woman. >> just to give you historical perspective, 40 of the 111 supreme court justices in history have had no judicial experience. as the vice president joe biden just mentioned, chief justice william renquist was among them. joining me now from washington, d.c. luke russert with today's "hill say." the question, not just how difficult will this confirmation battle be, who is most frustrated with the pick? it seems as many liberal groups are upset by this as conservatives? >> it's interesting you mention this. because the right and left are not 100% completely satisfied with this pick, folks i've spoken to close to the white house said that's what they are trying to go for, someone middle of the road and a consensus bridge builder. expect to hear that about elena kagan in the next few weeks coming from the white house, pragmatic, bridge builder, someone that can bridge the
ideological divide. opponents try to paint her as an outsider, east coast, liberal. grew up in new york, which is the death knell if you weren't to be in public office for republicans. paint her as somebody in academia, spent entire life in the bubble of princeton. only two years in private practice. someone not qualified to be on the supreme court because her record is so thin. democrats on the other hand are going to say, look, she's shown she was willing to compromise with people. in harvard she made an effort to bring in conservative faculty. on top of that, she's somebody that's not going to be put into this box of being an extreme leftist liberal having a tough time going through a fight. remember, nominated for solicitor general, seven gop members voted for her. those senators reserved the right to say that was for solicitor general position. that being said folks i've spoken to on both sides expect
her to be confirmed and expect this process to be decently smooth. perhaps more contentious than sotomayer because of the thin record that kagan has. at the end of the day, she should be the fourth supreme court justice in the history of the united states. >> "hill say." luke russert helping us out. thanks. >> take care. developing news on msnbc now. a senate committee wants to know what went wrong last month on the oil platform in the gulf and why oil continues to leak. i want to show you live pictures where senators are questioning academics and agencies involved right now. the ceos for bp and trans ocean as well as representatives from halliburton will take the hot seat as well. later this afternoon, homeland security secretary janet napolitano will visit alabama. she's checking on the response to the oil leak there. not her first trip. this new underwater video we're now getting was released to us from bp. it's estimated that 4 million gallons of oil have spilled into the gulf so far.
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to offend anyone. he apologized. the school said ignorance is no excuse. black face is an expression of racism. supreme court nominee elena kagan drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle as you've heard. on the right for her lack of experience. >> if a nominee does not have judicial experience, they should have substantial litigation experience. miss kagan has neither. >> that was senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. also right now on the left, she may not be liberal enough. that's the complaint there. some progressives there say she's too much of a blank slate to know how she stands on any issue. >> for any rational citizen to want to assess appropriateness of putting her on the court to replace justice stevens, there's really absolutely nothing a person can look to to know the kind of judge she can be. >> a lawyer and former domestic
policy adviser for the white house and legal analyst. thank you for joining us. let's get to controversial topics. we'll put them on the screen. among the position, supporting banned late term boringses. supporting banning human cloning, criticized don't ask, don't tell. finally, continued harvard's ban on military recruiters. what's the sticking point? >> not really her positions. positions she took in her roles as a lawyer. those aren't her positions. of course that's what she'll say in her confirmation hearing of these are all red herrings. look, you can't win for losing. if you have too much of a record, they attack you for that. you don't have enough of a record, they attack you for that. >> which of those could be most concerning? >> i think this ban on military recruitment at harvard, that's going to be a big one, given the tea party movement. i think it's a red herring.
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thanks for being with us live on msnbc. i'm peter alexander. day the day after euro zone countries, u.s. monetary fund u.s. agreed to chip into a trillion dollar rescue fund. the announcement was greeted by cheers on wall street giving american stocks a major boost. the dow gained roughly 400 points.
u.s. stock markets opening lower this morning. here is where the numbers stand now, an hour after trading began. the dow down about 31 points, s&p down 3. the nasdaq close to where it started down 7 points so far today. meantime euro gained on the dollar yesterday, but it's also losing steam on concerns this trillion dollar fix may not be enough. a senior analyst with investment site, the motley fool. he's joining us now. the trillion dollars, why is that not enough to solve this problem. >> well, it goes a pretty long way. ecb needed to step out and tell people they had the liquidity to support these countries. countries with faults of banks, where there's talks of a run on the bank, the bank gets run out. getting out in front of these fiscal messes, portugal in
particular, weight on greece, they are effectively preventing a run on these countries. >> help us out. analysts are concerned some will see this as a free pass to continue their free spending ways. where is the learning curve. in grmds they work long hours, long days, in greece, southern europe, they are living the life. >> they have have great islands. but we have the same problems in the united states, right, with the t.a.r.p. program. effectively we're bailing out people who probably shouldn't be bailed out, who have been reckless and fiscally irresponsible. that's a problem. this creates a disincentive for creeks, spaniards, italians to clean up fiscal houses. if you look at greece the last weeks ago they are making draconian cuts. you see that with social unrest. spain, 20% unemployment, a serious problem. now that the risk of default substantially reduced they are probably not going to make as many tough decisions as they
otherwise with. >> motley fools, thank you very much. appreciate it. >> thanks. astonishing video coming to us from australia this morning. security cameras capturing a freak accident on tape. a dad holding onto his child for dear life and everyone survives somehow. take a look at this. it happened on a clear day at a strip mall. a family out for a shopping trip when all of sudden out of control a car just careens right at them. look at this, boom. people flew in the air, the baby carriage goes flying as well. a dad holding onto his four-year-old son never let go even as both were pinned but neath the car. >> there's no way. hit the back of me, least chance of him, break a leg, that's
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he's undergoing treatment at a delaware hospital. in the last five minutes we've heard from a spokesperson from his father, the vice president of the united states saying beau is conscious, up and talking at the hospital. it's unclear exactly what his medical condition is right now. according to the spokesperson, this is something that could be neurological. it's described as an event. referred to as the event happened after the vice president completed morning shows from delaware and beau biden happened to be there at the time. of course he is delaware's attorney general. he considered running for the same senate seat his father vacated when he became vice president. of course ultimately deciding against it. we should note there is family history within the biden family of disorders of this sort. obviously the vice president of the united states has recovered fully from a past aneurysm. again, beau biden hospitalized in delaware. we'll keep you up to date on the state attorney general's condition. our top story this hour on msnbc, oklahoma residents assessing the damages after a
series of tornadoes slammed into the place. the video is staggering. an estimated 10 twisters touching down in oklahoma. five people confirmed dead. winds more than 100 miles an hour blew apart homes and businesses. joining us from norman, oklahoma, is the weather channel's mike bettis with a little look around there. mike, give us a sense. is it done. >> reporter: they have a telling story. can you see a lot by just assessing the damage here in norman. when you look at the gas station right here, can you see how the pumps have been lifted out of the ground, laid down in a diagonal direction. the inflow goes this direction. the rotation of the tornado brings it through the parking lot in this direction. all the debris is then strewn across the parking lot and across the street. if you look to where the sign for the building was, it's actually right here where the polls are laid down in this
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he's one of many guys trying to join forces in politics. >> he is. it's quite amazing. you're really seeing this mesh of politics and sports. a desire to compete. you're seeing gop recruit former athletes. running for governor in oregon, he's raised a substantial amount of money based on name recognition alone. he's a good candidate for the primary election. whether he'll be elected might be difficult. philadelphia eagles tackle john run i don't know running for congress in new jersey, has the support of gop organizations in his district, raising a lot of money there. he would become the biggest member of congress if elected, over 6'8"300, i'd love to see him in the chamber mixing it up. clint didier, running for senate as tea party candidate. if you look at folks already
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television. they may as well take a seat. >> elbow out. take it easy. >> get the cold shoulder. seems the ipod innovator apple is under attack. first president obama took a shot at a college commencement speech. listen to this. >> with ipods, ipads, xboxes, playstations, none of which i know how to work, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, form of entertainment rather than a tool of empowerment. >> now wii maker, nintendo's company facing the first shortfall in six years telling top executives to go after ap. saying apple is, quote, the enemy of the future. tough tack. senior editor at c-net.com. john abel, new york magazine. both joining us live in new york. thanks, guys, very much. first of all as we speak about
president obama, what happened here? this is the same guy who went over to see her majesty in 2007, i think it was -- when was that, that wasn't too far back -- gave her an ipod stocked up with music. talked to rolling stone magazine about his favorite songs. >> the guy raised so much money on facebook. seemed like the tech savvy president. seemed like an odd statement saying he doesn't know how to use an ipod, ipad, xbox. a little confusing. >> what's he going after? is it political gain? >> weirdly populist thing to say. i think the message was don't be distracted by games. device technology is confusing for anybody. >> help me understand. is apple the enemy in some form? are they like the ultimate competitor, the same way microsoft had been? >> exactly. they are entering a space where they are seen as monopolistic
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live on msnbc, i'm peter alexander. tensions between israel and iran continue to escalate. deputy prime minister fired the latest salvo saying his country's air force is capable of attacking iran. israel has been building up its military, improving its technology designed for long range missions. the israelis argue they would prefer international community intervene and turn up diplomatic pressure against a nuclear-armed iran. iran, of course, insists nuclear program is exclusively for civilian purposes but rhetoric from president ahmadinejad continues to be inflammatory. the iranian leader has been on the record calling for israel to be in his words wiped off the map. joining us now is former secretary of state lawrence
eagleburger. mr. secretary, i appreciate your time right now. how likely is a military strike on iran in the not too distant future by israel? >> oh, boy, i don't think it's terribly likely in the near future, because i think there still is a question of how long it will be before they can build their nuclear weapon. but i do not exclude it in the long run. i don't think it's going to happen in the next few weeks or months but it could happen. >> let me pose to you one of the worst kept secrets perhaps is the fact israel has nuclear weapons. they also have a policy that's long-standing of nuclear ambiguity, where they don't have to confirm or deny nuclear weapons. should that policy change? should the u.s. allow israel to be vague in addressing that question? >> i don't think it's for us to allow or not allow. yes, i think it should remain vague. but the question is wrong in the sense that i don't think we have
anything to say about it. if we did try to say something to the israelis about it, they would tell us to take a hike. >> in fairness you have been critical of president obama, you recently said, you've never seen anyone as amateurish in his conduct in foreign relations as this president. you were specifically referring to president obama advertising his unhappiness with israel. so why is that such bad policy for this administration? >> well, it depends, i suppose, on whether you think the israelis are following the right course and whether we have been following the right course by being supportive. what worries me more than anything else is when the president -- by the way, i stand by what i said earlier. when the president makes these remarks which lead to questions about how much the u.s. will till continue to support israel, what we are doing is playing into the hands of those in the
arab world who really think that they are going to get at israel at some point. when they think we may not do anything if we try it, i think that escalates by all means substantially the question of whether they will at some point or another try to take on israel. >> lawrence eagleburger, former secretary of state joining us live. we appreciate it, mr. secretary. thank you. >> yes, my pleasure. >> that's going to wrap it up for me at this hour. i'm peter alexander. my friend and colleague tamron hall will pick up next. she'll speak with survivors of the deadly tornado that flattened parts of oklahoma and kansas. msnbc news is live and back in just three minutes. wow, is this... fiber one honey clusters? yes.
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